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Insider recommended bars in Earl's Court

Insider guide by Ginza co-founder Rob Chu

Earls Court is a busy neighbourhood in Kensington. I spent a year during uni living around here and there are some true hidden gems here when it comes to bars and places to go out.


Read on to discover my favourite spots in the area for a drink or two, along with some tasty grub and live music.


Evans & Peel Detective Agency

Earl's Court

310c, Earl's Court, London SW5 9BA, UK

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Evans & Peel Detective Agency serves delicious and inventive cocktails

Under the cover of an old fashioned detective agency, you will find a dimly lit speakeasy with a brilliant cocktail list and a menu of bar foods centering on smoked meats. Bookings are required and to book you must invent a ‘case’, which the doorman will ask you about on arrival. All of this makes for a fun and memorable experience, but the cocktails alone make this quirky bar well worth a visit if you’re staying in the area.


The Troubadour

Earl's Court

263-267 Old Brompton Rd, Earl's Court, London SW5 9JA, UK

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Enjoy live music at the famous West London venue, The Troubadour

This historic cafe, bar and live music venue, is open from morning till late, serving bar foods and bistro style dishes. Sunday - Tuesday, it’s all about jazz, with acts coming on after 8pm. The rest of the week you can get anything from rock to electro, including acts such as West London locals Dirty Strangers, whose collaborators have included the Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.


The Prince

Earl's Court

14 Lillie Rd, Hammersmith, London SW6 1TT, UK

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More than just another street food venue, The Prince is a feast for the senses

The Prince is a relatively new addition to Earls Court, featuring four restaurants, three bars and a covered woodland garden housed within four buildings on Lillie Road. The restaurant spaces operate as pop-up venues, with restaurants and food concepts rotating on a seasonal basis, but typically featuring some of the hottest names in street food and new dining in London. Booking ahead is recommended for larger groups, but walk-ins can also be accommodated.


The Lillie Langtry

Earl's Court

19 Lillie Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1UE, UK

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No trip to London is a complete without a pint at a neighbourhood pub

The Lillie Langtry is modern pub, with a delicious menu featuring with a cocktail lounge on the first floor. The menu features good, honest pub grub with meat and seafood cooked over a charcoal grill. Situated opposite The Prince, The Lille Langtry is named after an actress who at one time was the mistress of Prince Edward (later King Edward VII).


Insider tip: On Sundays they serve a traditional Sunday Roast - which I highly recommend if you want a truly British (and delicious) experience.